Okra is popular in Southern and Cajun cooking, especially gumbo, a thickened soup often served over rice. Okra goes especially well with tomatoes and can be boiled, fried or pickled. 

How to Select

Choose brightly colored, firm pods.

How to Store

Do not rinse for storage. Refrigerate in a plastic bag with some air holes. Store okra in refrigerator for up to 3 days. Freeze for later: Trim stems, blanch in water, cool, and freeze in plastic bags. Use within 1 year.

How to Prepare

Rinse thoroughly. Scrub fuzz off skin. Chop. Becomes slimy if overcooked or boiled. Sauté or fry, steam, grill, or roast in a small amount of oil. Add to casseroles, rice and vegetable dishes, curry, soups, and stews.